Located in the London Borough of Islington, Archway is an exciting neighbourhood, where the distinctive architecture of London's Victorian past blends seamlessly with its modern residential developments. Even with its proximity to the city, the area maintains all the best aspects of a suburb through its parks, independent shops, and lively community. Archway’s transport links and location make it a fantastic choice for commuters; yet the neighbourhood also offers a unique lifestyle of its own, from its bars and restaurants to its sports facilities.
Archway’s history dates back to the early 19th century. Its name stems from the old Archway Bridge, connecting Highgate to Crouch End, demolished in 1901. The area was notable for its connection to Highgate Hill, which was along the route of the first motorised cable car in Europe. Perhaps you’ve also heard of Archway as the location where Dick Whittington decided to go back to London upon hearing the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow. Take a quick pit stop to Whittington Hospital, and see Whittington Stone – a monument of Whittington’s cat - in all its glory.
While Archway still celebrates its storied history, the neighbourhood continues to look towards the future through its redevelopment plans and expansion projects. The area’s great amenities include highly rated restaurants, delightful pubs, great local businesses, fantastic fitness facilities, and beautiful green spaces. With all these perks right on the doorstep, Archway is the perfect place for all demographics.
Learn more about living in Archway by taking a look at our guide below.
Archway has a series of strong transport links connecting to Central London in a matter of minutes.
Archway Station serves the Northern line, with a trip to Kings Cross taking less than 15 minutes. Take the tube to South London and arrive in half an hour to Clapham North Station.
Just a five-minute walk away from the tube station is Upper Holloway Station, which connects to the Gospel Oak to Barking Overground line.
Archway spans over Zones 2 and 3.
Things to do, places to eat & drink
Crudough is a neighbourhood favourite sourdough pizza bar, also known for its wide selection of cocktails. Their delicious pizzas are topped with a variety of unique treats, from hot honey, mushroom and truffle oil, to smoked mozzarella and fried capers. Try their Roseship Spritz or Glera Frizzante for the ultimate indulgence!
With its cosy atmosphere and British comfort food, St. John’s Tavern is an excellent spot for a family dinner or an after-work pint with colleagues. The gastropub utilizes locally sourced British produce in its dishes, with options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The restaurant’s décor of framed portraits and its fireplace make for a charming environment whilst eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Authentic Indian food, live jazz music, and a relaxing atmosphere - the Sitara has it all. Whether you’re in the mood for briyani, tandoori, or want to try something new, The Sitara offers something for everyone. Start your meal with an appetizer as you await your entrée from one of the best Indian restaurants in London.
Named after Lord Mayor of London Dick Whittington, Whittington Park is a popular green space in Islington, with sports areas, wildlife conservation zones, and a playground. Take a break from city living by walking through the wildlife pond, ecology garden, or sparrows park project. The park’s combination of fun activities and relaxing gardens brings all members of the community together.
Newly renovated in 2015, Archway Leisure Centre contains a two-storey gym overlooking a leisure pool, sloping beach, and sauna suite. Whether you want to break a sweat through a workout or spa day, the centre’s facilities accommodate all fitness needs. Memberships are available for frequent visitors, including options for students.
Highgate Cemetery is one of London’s best known cemeteries, due to its notable gravesites. Visit English greats, like George Eliot and George Michael, or the historic grave monument of Karl Marx. The cemetery itself is beautiful and contains a rich history, dating back to its opening in 1839.
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Author: Julia Kaluta